Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Goats Program to Continue with OKC's Own Herd

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Goats Program to Continue with OKC's Own Herd

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Hefner Canal goats program has been such a success that it will continue in 2016 with Oklahoma City's own herd after they spend the winter at Lake Stanley Draper.

The city recently bought 24 new goats to replace goats on loan from Langston University. The Langston goats have returned home, and the new herd joins pairs of goats and sheep rescued by OKC Animal Welfare and two guard donkeys for Oklahoma City's own herd of 30 grazing animals.

The herd is spending the winter at a Utilities Department facility on Lake Stanley Draper and will return to the Hefner Canal in March.

The city started a one-year trial program last year with the goats on loan from Langston to help maintain the Hefner Canal. The canal is difficult and dangerous to maintain with conventional mowing, but must be kept clear enough for proper drainage. …

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